Why did Cécile care for the people in her life the way she did in Shadows on the Rock?

Cécile is a caring person because she knows loss, having had her mother die, and she knows what it's like to be an outsider. These factors lend her a caring personality, which she uses to go out of her way to make others feel welcome.

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I would argue that there are a few factors which make Cécile so caring. For starters, she is a French girl who has relocated to Québec as a young child, so she is well versed in feeling like an outsider, which would make her inclined to do whatever she can...

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I would argue that there are a few factors which make Cécile so caring. For starters, she is a French girl who has relocated to Québec as a young child, so she is well versed in feeling like an outsider, which would make her inclined to do whatever she can to make others feel welcome.

Together with her father, Auclair, she has worked hard to make their shop and home a slice of the life in France that they loved so much. Thanks to the care that is put into this project, it is plain to see that Cécile cares, and that this care stems for her love for the country in which she was born.

The fact that she lost her mother at a young age is likely to be part of the reason for the abundant compassion that Cécile has. This compassion shows itself early on, when Cécile feeds a disabled man named Blinker. It is this same compassion and caring that leads Cécile to ask for the count's assistance in getting shoes for an orphan boy. It would seem that losing her mother had made Cécile all too aware of the nature of loss, which leads her to want to help others who have lost something, be it the ability to move around freely or their parents.

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